How to Have the Wedding Dress of Your Dreams on a Budget

Find the dress of your dreams


The wedding dress is one of the most important and exciting purchases for the wedding and an item that the bride may have been dreaming about since she was small. All eyes are going to be on her, so naturally she wants to look stunning, but just how can you afford a stylish, chic, and fabulous dress if your budget is small?

Customise a Plain Dress

When you look through the rails of wedding dresses in the Bridal Stores you’ll probably always be drawn to one of the most expensive dresses since they tend to stand out by way of exquisite detailing and a superb cut. However, this look can be obtained with the use of a trained dressmaker who can adapt a cheaper more basic dress to become more in keeping with the expensive one that first caught your eye. She can start by altering the shape of the garment for you, whether you want the sleeves altering or may be adding more fullness into the skirt. She can add lace overlays and net underskirts. She could also add some intricate embroidery, small fabric roses, or sequins for a bit of bling.

Clearance Sales

Keep an eye out for stores offering clearance lines. Again, you may find your dream dress at a hugely discounted price. Online stores are also worth taking a look at since they often sell at far cheaper rates as they don’t have the overheads of a bricks and mortar type store.

Hire Your Perfect Dress

Unless you especially want to box your wedding dress up and store it away, it could be a good idea to hire your dream wedding dress. Companies such as Bridal Wearhouse in Johannesburg have over 1,500 wedding dresses to choose from starting at just R2,000. They stock all kinds of style from fairytale wedding dresses to strapless boob tube dresses and from classical wedding dresses to fishnet and fishtail dresses. Designers include Alfred Angelo, Mori Lee and Alleve Couture.

Second Hand

Second hand stores and antique markets are also places where you could find a wedding dress to fall in love with. It’s also worth looking at the advertisements in bridal magazines and newspapers for second hand dresses to buy.

Above all begin your search as early as you can and be patient. Eventually your dress will turn up, one way or another.


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